Not sure I should write this post. I've noticed that one or two anonymous bloggers are 'accusing' me of changing my position in respect of supporting a law making National Assembly since becoming a Parliamentary candidate. Now, this accusation is probably rather helpful to my cause. So its a pity that its a complete load of b*****t. One even implied that I was tacking to the 'Right', which is probably seriously helpful to my campaign strategy, but unfortunately its more b******t. Truth is that I've always been a man of the 'Right'.
Behind all this tosh is my opinion that I believe that both Labour and Plaid Cymru have decided (or perhaps accepted is a better word) that a referendum on law making powers is not going to be held during the current Assembly term. Now this is more than a bit tricky for Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Leader of Plaid Cymru because this was the carrot that he dangled before his activists to persuade them to agree to prop up Labour and Rhodri Morgan in office for another four years. He's going to look a right 'Wobbly Wally' when the commitment falls apart. I hope he's started practising the 'mock outrage', because he's going to have to put in a fantastic performance to convince his own supporters that they haven't been conned.
Personally I'll support a law making Assembly whenever the question is asked - but I'm not going to play silly pretend games, even if some anonymous bloggers would like me to. All I can do is try to persuade my own party to commit to a referendum when its within our power to hold one, and I've written to Lord Roberts of Conwy who is conducting a policy review on the issue for us - recommending a commitment to a referendum in the first term of a Conservative Government at Westminster - which equates to around 2012/13 ish. And it seems that 40 % of Conservative Party supporters take the same view.